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Network for Comparative Research on Professions (N-CORP)

The Network for Comparative Research on Professions (N-CORP) connects more than 30 researchers from different universities and disciplines (e.g. social work, medicine, sociology and political science) in seven European countries. Researchers in the network focus on professions in human service organisations. The network has received financial support from FAS (2012-2015).


  • to exchange knowledge and experiences between research groups within the network
  • to contribute to the theoretical and methodological state-of-the-art in the field
  • to disseminate knowledge about our research within as well as outside academia
  • to initiate and conduct collaborative research on professions use of knowledge


The network enables international interdisciplinary research activities such as joint articles, books and applications for grants from international funding agencies. In addition, the network has a base from which to initiate and coordinate student projects and graduate courses. The network arranges 1-2 physical meetings each year.

Participating countries and organizations


Department of Social work, Umeå University

Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University

Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Luleå University

Department of Social work and Psychology, Gävle University College


Department of Sociology, Social Work and Organisation, Aalborg University

Danish Institute of Governmental Research (KORA), Copenhagen


Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki


Department of Social work, University of Iceland

The Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland


Institute for social work, Volda University College

Centre for the study of professions (CSP), Oslo University College


Department of Social Work, Institute of Sociology, University of Silesia

Public Health Department, Medical University of Silesia

United Kingdom

UEL Business School, University of East London

Department of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University


If you want more information about the network, please contact the network co-ordinators Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson or Marek Perlinski

bjorn.blom@socw.umu.se, lars.evertsson@socw.umu.se, marek.perlinski@socw.umu.se